Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Opens BlizzCon With Statement About Blitzchung Controversy

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Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Opens BlizzCon With Statement About Blitzchung Controversy

To kick off today's BlizzCon 2019 opening ceremony, Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack addressed the recent controversy surrounding the company's actions toward Hearthstone player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung earlier this month.

Blitzchung received a yearlong ban from competition and had his winnings withheld after a post-match interview where he delivered a "Liberate Hong Kong" message. Following community backlash, Blizzard dialed back the suspension to six months and restored Blitzchung's earnings. In an October 12 statement from Brack, he said the punitive actions had nothing to do with the publisher's business ventures in China, but rather it was more about keeping the focus on the games and competitions instead of politics. However, Brack's statements did little to douse the flames of controversy, as players, fans, and even some members of the United States Congress have continued to express concerns about the company's actions.

In his opening remarks for BlizzCon 2019, Brack was more apologetic in his approach. You can see J. Allen Brack's message to BlizzCon 2019 attendees below:

World of Warcraft Enters The Afterlife With Shadowlands Expansion

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World of Warcraft Enters The Afterlife With Shadowlands Expansion

While celebrating the 15-year anniversary of World of Warcraft today at BlizzCon 2019, the company also unveiled World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, an expansion coming in 2020 (the game can be pre-purchased now).

Dead souls are no longer going to their appropriate resting place in the Shadowlands, but are instead being fed into The Maw thanks to Sylvanas Windrunner, who has breached the veil separating Azeroth and the realm.

The Shadowlands features five zones: Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, Revendreth, and the Maw. The first four are overseen by Covenants corresponding to specific kinds of souls. The Kyrian (Bastian) watch over souls from the mortal realm. The Night Fae (Ardenweald) defend nature spirits. The Venthyr are gothic masters. The Necrolords forge undead warriors for the Shadowlands. Players will create a bond with one of the Covenants, completing their campaign and getting class-specific abilities and more.

Netflix Announces The Witcher Release Date Alongside New Trailer

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Netflix Announces The Witcher Release Date Alongside New Trailer

On December 20, the long-awaited Netflix adaptation, starring Man of Steel’s Henry Cavil, finally arrives. Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s influential novels, The Witcher will cover material prior to the beloved CD Projekt Red games – meaning both fans of the games and newcomers will have something fresh to look forward to. Check out the enticing trailer below.     

If you cannot get enough Witcher, be sure to check out our reviews of the classic series: Witcher 2, Witcher 3

[Source: Netflix]

Ubisoft Reveals Five Games Are In Development For PlayStation 5 And Xbox Scarlett

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Ubisoft Reveals Five Games Are In Development For PlayStation 5 And Xbox Scarlett

Following Ubisoft's earnings call yesterday, co-founder and chief executive officer Yves Guillemot answered a few questions for investors and reporters, and revealed that the recently delayed Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six: Quarantine would be cross generational, meaning they'll appear on both the current machines (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) as well as their successors (Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5). He also said two other unannounced games would follow the same release plan.

"The five titles, yes, they will be on this generation and the next generation, and they will take full advantage all the new features that are coming with the machines, which are actually going to be extremely interesting for players," Guillemot said. "You will be able to download new content a lot faster, players will experience better framerates there are lots of very good elements that will come with these new machines."

Sony and Microsoft have both targeted holiday 2020 for the launch of their respective machines. Ubisoft hasn't stated when Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six: Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters are delayed to exactly, but don't be surprised if one or all of them fall in line with the releases of Sony and Microsoft's new hardware.

November’s Free Games: PS Plus And Games With Gold

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November’s Free Games: PS Plus And Games With Gold

Sony and Microsoft, via their respective blogs, announced November’s free games for their premium users.

Nioh, a combo-filled action RPG from the makers of Ninja Gaiden, casts you as a samurai in mystical 17th century Japan. In our review we said, “Endless optimization and customization, engaging encounters, and unparalleled combat by yourself or with a friend make Nioh an excellent choice for your next dark action/RPG.” This arrives just in time for the Nioh 2 beta which runs from November 1 to 10. If the original piques your interest be sure to check out our Tokyo Game Show coverage on the upcoming sequel

“An intense ride that makes you question your sanity,” this release is a scary treat for those craving more Halloween fun. Play as an investigative journalist uncovering nefarious cults in the Arizona desert.

EA Partners With Valve To Bring EA Games And EA Access To Steam

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EA Partners With Valve To Bring EA Games And EA Access To Steam

EA and Valve are partnering up to put both games and EA Access (EA's subscription service) on Steam. 

The first big drop for this initiative is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on Steam, launching on November 15. A glance at the title's Steam page seems to indicate that users opting in on Steam will still need to have Origin installed, similar to how games like Division 2 direct you through Uplay to play.

UPDATE 10/29/2019: A Reddit post by someone identified as a Respawn Dev on the Apex Legends subreddit has stated that "your games will launch directly with Steam without running Origin."

Check Out The New Trailer For The Mandalorian

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Check Out The New Trailer For The Mandalorian

We've come a long way since the Ewok movies were shown on TV. In this new The Mandalorian trailer, Disney's first live-action Star Wars series is looking every bit as good as the films, and it's filled with creatures, robots, and vehicles galore. If you look closely, you may even see super battle droids lurking in the background in a scene or two.

The first episode of The Mandalorian kicks off on Disney+ on November 12. This is a big week for Star Wars, as Respawn's game Jedi: Fallen Order hits just three days later on November 15.

It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Enjoy the trailer.

Death Stranding Coming To PC Next Summer

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Death Stranding Coming To PC Next Summer

Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions has announced that the title is coming to PC some time next summer, and it'll be published by 505 Games.

Kojima Productions made the announcement via twitter, and currently there are no other details regarding any possible additional content or enhancements for the PC version.

We'll have our review of the PS4 version of the game later this week, so stay tuned!

Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, And Watch Dogs: Legion Delayed

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Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, And Watch Dogs: Legion Delayed

During Ubisoft's financial earnings call, the publisher announced that it will be delaying Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch Dogs: Legion to the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Ubisoft's CEO and Co-Founder Yves Guillemot stated that the reason for the delays was to give each developer more time to craft its vision of each game. 

While not explicitly stated, the delays may stem from the company's recent troubles with Ghost Recon Breakpoint. According to the call, Breakpoint has failed to meet sales expectations and the company largely blames not giving the game enough time to differentiate itself from previous entries.

The Last Of Us Part II Delayed Until May

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The Last Of Us Part II Delayed Until May

Neil Druckmann has confirmed that The Last of Us Part II will not meet its original February 21 release. In a post on the PlayStation blog, Druckmann announced the game’s new release date: May 29. 

Despite the “blowout” announcement during last month’s State of Play, The Last of Us Part II may not be as finished as Naughty Dog originally hoped. In his post, Druckmann states, “We realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.”

This may disappointment many fans but there’s consolation in knowing the final game won’t cut any corners. For more on The Last of Us Part II check out our recent written preview of the game, listen to us talk about our gameplay impressions on the GI Show podcast, and watch the most recent story trailer